Twitter, which operates the social network of the same name, has been sued over new owner Elon Musk’s plans to cut about 3,700 jobs – the company is accused of layoffs without prior notice in violation of federal and California law .
Earlier, employees of the company received letters from Elon Musk, which refers to the upcoming reduction. Specific figures are not given, but sources say that about 50% of the staff will be laid off – approximately 3,700 people.
Under the U.S. federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988 (WARN), large companies are prohibited from making mass layoffs without prior notice of at least 60 days in advance.
A class-action lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (San Francisco) seeks to require Twitter to comply with the WARN Act to prohibit employees from signing documents that could disqualify them from litigation.
Employees are represented by attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan, who was involved in a June lawsuit over Tesla laying off about 10% of its workforce. Then Tesla managed to win the process, and employees of the company will have to present their claims for dismissal in closed arbitration, and not in open court.
“Now we’ll see if he’s going to [Маск] continue to disregard the laws of this country that protect employees,” Liss-Riordan said, referring to Musk. “It looks like it’s following the same pattern as with Tesla.”
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